A perfect recipe for a festive al fresco

Mallorcan recipes for some delicious seasonal dishes inspired by island cooking

It’s certainly not uncommon for the festive season on Mallorca to offer up days of crisp blue skies and warming winter sunshine. And there’s even a good chance the weather will remain clement enough to be able to enjoy your yuletide celebrations outside.

A perfect setting
The beautiful 16th-century finca of Can Estades provided the ideal spot for our festive feast, under the dappled shade of a mature palm tree and offering spectacular views over the pretty Calvià countryside.

Festive table dressing
Christmas isn’t a time for holding back on table decor, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be tasteful! We combined some glazed crockery with beaded glasses, linen place mats and, of course, a scattering of festive decorations.

Mallorcan flavours
Our meal featured distinctively local flavours, such as Confit of Suckling Pig with Rosemary Potatoes and Apricot Jus followed by Sea Bream Fillet on Seafood Rice and, to finish, a ‘Turron’ Soufflé with Marinated Sóller Orange.

The master chef
The gastronomic creativity behind the menu came from experienced Austrian chef, Gerhard Berktold, whose cooking focuses on allowing fresh, seasonal products to take centre stage.

Mallorcan Christmas Soup

Enjoy this seasonal recipe for mallorcan Christmas soup, a warm and filling favourite on the island over the winter months.

Sea Bream Fillet on Seafood Rice

Taking a traditional paella as the base for this recipe, this seafood dish is made extra special with the addition of saffron alioli.

Slow-cooked Suckling Pig with Rosemary Potatoes and Apricot Jus

Enjoy this festive recipe for slow-cooked suckling pig, a firm festive favourite for many and particularly popular on Mallorca.

‘Turron’ Soufflé with Marinated Sóller Orange

Try this festive recipe for turron soufflé at home, where marinated Sóller oranges provide a citrusy counterpoint to sweet nougat.

312km later with Helen Cummins

Helen Cummins and team successfully cycled 312km, completed the entire lap of the island in just two days and raising over 6k for charity!

Mediterranean family living with Sadhana Works

We met Founder of Sadhana Works, Mariana Salinas, at her beautiful home in Algaida where we enjoyed nutritious food, Kundalini Yoga and more!

Age beautifully with Dr. Morano

Beauty treatments began with Cleopatra and her baths of lactic acid, Dr Morano tells us. Today’s treatments are considerably more advanced.

Active family life in Mallorca

For personal trainer Jon Ander Arambalza, staying healthy is about getting the whole family outdoors and most importantly, having fun.

Photos: Sara Savage · Chef: Gerhard Berktold
Stylist: Helen Cummins · Location Can Estades

Address details

Finca Hotel Can Estades

Camí de Son Pillo 15

Dr. Helen Cummins is a lifestyle editor, publisher and successful entrepreneur, who has lived and worked in Palma de Mallorca for the past 20 years. She started abcMallorca.com in 2003 which has grown into one of the island’s largest websites with over 6 million visits per annum.

Her website helencummins.com is a compilation of all the things she values since moving to the island, running hc/ Digital Media and creating an idyllic life in Son Vida with her husband Georg and daughter Eva.

Slow Luxury Living is what sits at the heart of the hc/ website, which aims to inspire people to slow down and appreciate the Mediterranean lifestyle. Alongside her editorial team, Helen handpicks businesses and places that adhere to SLOW: Sustainable, Local, Organic and made with Love.

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